Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Top 10 Tracks of 2005

Moving abroad has broadened my taste in music. And that music, in turn, has greatly improved my comprehension of Spanish and Portuguese language skills. Music is one of the only things in my life that can make me feel at home when I am traveling 50% of the time or more. I don't know what I'd do without it. One of the things that I have most in common both with Mexicans and Brazilians is our mutual love for music.

In 2005, I discovered Mexican pop idols, Belanova and delved deeply into Brazilian Bossa Nova which had already reached its peak of popularity while by the time I was born at the end of the 60's. I fell in love with Ive Mendes and discovered Argentine tango-electronica by random on a three day trip to Buenos Aires. After repeated trips to New York City, I reconnected with some rock that I actually like (Tegan and Sara) after years of all but ignoring the genre as a whole. Washington DC's Theivery Corporation blew me away their latest and best album,The Cosmic Game, all the while making me long for so many bygone evenings at ESL.

All in all, it was a pretty kick-ass year for music. Let's hope '06 brings more good vibes.

I invite you to check out these tracks and these artists.

Track - Artist
1 "NiƱo" - Belanova
2 "Stay" - Astrud Gilberto
3 "Sur Ton Ile" - Isabelle Antena
4 "Me lastimas" - Belanova
5 "Esta Vez" (Belanova & Juanitoz mix) - Sara Valenzuela
6 "Sol Tapado" (feat. Patrick de Santos) - Thievery Corporation
7 "Natural High" - Ive Mendes
8 "I Think Of You" (K-Klass Mix) - Blaze And Amira
9 "I Won't Be Left" - Tegan & Sara
10 "El Solitario" - Tanghetto

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Paraty Brazil

Two weekend trips in early December to Paraty, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.